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Ralph Jones was born in Basle, Switzerland and he started playing the guitar when he was four years old.

At the age of 16, Ralph started his first own band called Cats Combo. One year later they recorded and released an album and a single. At 17, a band called Crazy Cats from the south of Switzerland asked Ralph to join them, he did. Ralph moved down south and turned a nice rockabilly band in to a nasty and wild Punkabilly gang! After a year Ralph left them and moved to France where the band Fill Rouge, had asked him to join them. They recorded and released a 12" single with 4 tracks. At 19 Ralph went to Barcelona for 2 weeks but stayed on there for 2 years, teaming up with various bands and touring throughout Spain, honing his guitar skills far beyond his piers.

Ralph moved to London at 21. He started his second band Black Sun, later renamed The Mavericks, with Danny Fury (Lords Of The New Church, Rogue Male, Vain) on drums and two guys from California playing rhythm guitar and bass. The band was well received and played many gigs the largest being at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Drug problems with the two Californians caused the band to split after only a year. Ralph got offers from major label acts The Cult and Flesh for Lulu, who asked him to join their bands. He turned both these down in order to retain his own direction in song writing and style. He also turned down an offer to give guitar "lessons" to Neal X, the then lead guitarist of Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Ralph says, "How can you be number one in the charts without feeling ashamed of yourself for pretending to having played the guitars on the track, if actually someone else has done it". After the demise of the Mavericks, Ralph got together with Pete Waddleton (Play Dead) and a French drummer. Ralph and Pete wrote several songs together but never played a live gig together even though Alan Edwards (Bowie, McCartney) was interested in promoting the band at the time. Ralph then formed a band together with Mark Sanderson (Red Lipstick, The Bollock Brothers, Then Jericho) called "Head In Trouble", writing and recording numerous songs but again never performing live.

1989 and Ralph recorded, engineered and produced all 4 songs for Kill City Dragons 12" EP entitled "Let 'em eat cake!" featuring Dave Tregunna (Sham 69, Lords Of The New Church, Cheery Bomz), Steve Von Saint (Angel In Vain, The Endorfiends) and Danny Fury. These tracks were released again on Kill City Dragons self titled album.

In 1992, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) invited Ralph to use his countryside studio to record some of his own songs. Ralph recorded the songs "Don't Come Back", "Angel Eyes" and "Sister Corinne", playing every instrument, doing the engineering, mixing and programming, as well as the vocal and backing vocal track himself.

After 10 years in London, Ralph had to return to Switzerland because of army commitments. Back in Switzerland, Ralph played with a few bands but concentrated on writing and recording his own songs. In the summer of 2001 Ralph went on a solo European club tour through Switzerland, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy performing his own songs "unplugged". For the next 2 years he sank himself in to the digital world, learning computer skills and attending the SAE audio engineering school in Zurich, Switzerland.

2003, Danny Fury formed Wild At Heart (www.myspace.com/wildatheartmusic) and asked Ralph to record, engineer and produce for his new bands first album. After throwing the bass player out of the studio for nearly falling asleep, Ralph flew in Dave Tregunna (who later joined the band) to record the bass lines for the tracks. When Ralph did the same with the guitarist for not being prepared he ended up becoming part of the band by default, playing all the guitars and keyboards, doing backing vocals, writing the piano parts and orchestration for a full 60 piece orchestra.

In early 2005, Ralph started the charity organization Wake Up-Stop Child Abuse. Ralph is the president and project leader and it has become his life. You can read all about Wake Up-Stop Child Abuse and listen to the songs Ralph has written and recorded for projects the organisation is doing together with children and teenagers, for children and teenagers here: www.myspace.com/wakeupprojects.

Ralph went back to London in February 2009 to record some new songs together with Mark Sanderson for their old band Head In Trouble.
Ralph also put together a new band called Dr. Jones and he managed to get Pedro Ortiz, drums (ex David Bowie, Johnny Thunders, Mick Jagger etc.) and Paul Tweddle, guitar (Freak Power) into the band playing some gigs around London and recording a CD.

At present Ralph is recording and producing his new album “A Disease Called Human“